Hi all, Just looking for some advice here. I have been teaching for 4 and a half years now and im exhausted. I am honestly considering leaving teaching completely. I have started to feel completely exhausted, working 6 day weeks and quite often late. I feel i have no life outside the school and i am beginning to think that it's the best time to leave as i have no mortgage or kids at present. I have been in the same school for this whole time and i kept doing the...just one more year...i'll get this group through then i'll leave..conversation in my head. I am fed up completely and recently i have felt extremley undermined by a member of staff who is new to teaching and criticises all that is in place in one of my main subjects. And most of it was put in place by me and my last colleague. Alot happened last week and i was very upset/ill due to it. I don't feel this is anyway to live. I want to be happy, have my evenings and weekends to myself. I love teaching but i feel this job has become about the government changes and stuff that i don't care less about. Should i think about the future and what i want? Wouldn't a lower paid job that makes me happy be better or am i being stupid? I wouldn't leave till end summer term as i have loyalty to my kids i teach. I have already spoke to a friend who was a lecturer for 7 years and quit and now works in the private sector and is so much happier. Advice please?